Paul Moon

Paul Moon among Elemental battle armor

Paul Moon (3019[1]3150[2]) was a trueborn Clan Elemental warrior and officer of Clan Smoke Jaguar. He later became leader of mysterious group of warrior-people known as the Fidelis.

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[edit] Biography

[edit] Clan Invasion Era

[edit] Operation: Revival

Paul participated in Operation Revival, where he fought during a raid on Marshdale and Jeronimo. He later received a promotion and became an officer where he lead the conquest of Idlewind. He was part of Operation Dragonslayer where he fought with fellow clansmen in the Battle of Luthien in 3052. Despite his personal bravery, the battle was a loss.[1]

[edit] Post-Tukayyid Years

By late 3052, Paul had earned the Bloodname of Moon and was commander of the Delta Galaxy's 3rd Jaguar Cavaliers. His unit was the garrison force on the world of Hyner, where he disgraced Star Commander Trent. Paul told Trent that his mere existence was utter shame and that he should have had the good grace to die on Tukayyid. He was disgusted by Trent when he lies about his superior Star Captain Jez, He says she had lied about how she had saved his life.

In 3054, guerrillas on the world of Hyner began harassing Paul Moon's Cavaliers. He then orders the destruction of the village Beaver Falls, when it became obvious to him that the population was aiding in hiding six guerrilla BattleMechs. Trent tried to reason with Paul to prevent the destruction, but Paul dismissed him as being soft. A year later, guerrilla activity continued to be a problem on Hyner. After his forces finish off the guerrilla movement, Paul orders the eradication of another village as a lesson to the population.

After fighting a battalion of mercenary 'Mechs and forcing them off the planet at the cost of one his favorite and beloved warriors, Paul declares her a hero for single handily repulsing the mercenaries. He decides to send Trent to Huntress as an honor guard for the Giftake of Trent's rival Jez Howell. Paul believes he was finally rid of Trent, now on his way to the homeworlds.

In March of 3058, Trent returns to Hyner with a Trinary full of green troops. Reluctantly, Paul gives command of the Trinary to Trent. Months later, Galaxy Commander Hang Mehta orders Paul's unit to attack the Draconis Combine world of Maldonado. He dispatches a Cluster of troops to attack the planet. After the departure of the raiding force, Paul receives word from Hang Mehta that Trent was to be arrested for assisting a criminal on Huntress, Benjamin Howell.

Paul organizes a unit to pursue Trent's forces to Maldonado. He arrives as Trent's Trinary is fighting the Draconian forces on the ground. Paul, leading a Star of Elemental Battle Armor, attacks Trent in the mist of the fight. During the fight, Paul loses his leg while attacking Trent's Cauldron Born, which suddenly explodes.[3][1]

[edit] Operation Bulldog and the Battle for Huntress

Paul has his leg regrown in time to fight Operation Bulldog troops, but is forced to withdraw from Hyner. He and his people regroup with Galaxy Commander Mehta as the they fall back to Huntress. In March 3060, Paul is given the honor of leading his troops in assaulting the Eridani Light Horse. Paul contacts Light Horse commander, General Ariana Winston and challenges her to a fight in the plains west of the capital city of Lootera.

On the plains, Paul leads his reinforcements against the Eridani's defensive positions, but his forces are ravaged by artillery fire. His forces manages to breach their lines with fury, but they are turned back in the end. Paul is injured during the fight, his right arm and upper shoulder destroyed, and was left for dead by his troops. Later, Com Guard medics find him in his wrecked elemental armor and they sedate him to save his life. He is later made a bondsman of ComStar.[1]

After Operation Bull Dog, forces arrive and rescue Task Force Serpent's forces. Trent appears in the ComStar field hospital where Paul is resting. Trent tells him it's his fault that their Clan is dead, and that his actions pushed him to become a traitor. Paul Moon requests that Trent release him from his shame by way of Bondsref but Trent denies him that request. Trent leaves Paul at his bed in grief at what has happened.

[edit] As the Custos of the Fidelis

During the Jihad, Paul manages to organize survivors of Smoke Jaguar into a warrior-people simply known as the Fidelis. During this time, he works a deal with Devlin Stone where his people would act as special forces. Elements fighting the conflict would come to know these mysterious soldiers as "Stone's Shadows". As part of the deal with Stone, they must pledge themselves to service of Stone and the Republic until they pay the debt owed.

After the conclusion of the war, Paul arranges for his people to re-settle Mopelia Island on New Earth. There, he leads his people as "Custos", where for a generation they end up training. Paul is sustained over the years with medical technology they have acquired over the decades. His people are kept in total isolation during this period with only brief visits by high-end Republican officials, namely Stone and his successor Damien Redburn.

In July of 3135, Redburn meets with Paul again, this time as Shadow Paladin, for Exarch Jonah Levin. He tells Paul he needs to call Fidelis into service, giving them the opportunity to pay the debt to Stone and the Republic. Paul releases a Century worth of troops for the Republic's operation Fortress Republic. This duty requires his people to operate outside of the Fortress wall's, which included the use of the Fidelis' WarShip.[4]

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The information after this notice comes from apocryphal sources; the canonicity of such information is uncertain.
Please view the reference page for information regarding their canonicity.

By 3150, the crisis that called for the Fidelis troops service has been resolved. This leads Paul to contact Exarch Levin, asking him if the Fidelis debt is paid. Levin tells him that debt has been paid and that his people are free. Paul calls a special meeting, which he has to use very dangerous medications to allow him to walk freely to attend. At the meeting, he announces that the Fidelis are free and the Adamans will succeed him as Custos.

In a private meeting shortly after, he tells Adamans that he is dying and he has choosen him as his replacement and lead their people into the future. He hands to him the "Unopened Work" a book of the Fidelis's forbidden history and tells Adamans his true name, Paul Moon, just before passing away.[5]

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[edit] Marriage and Children

It is unknown if his Bloodname allowed him to foster any gene-children or have freeborn children after the establishment of the Fidelis.

[edit] Philosophical and political views

Originally he was a Clan member of Smoke Jaguar, during which he was known to be a die-hard Crusader, politically. His view of the warriors who lost on Tukayyid was shameful. He was a harsh and arrogant trueborn in his early years.

In his later years as Custos of the Fidelis, he developed a sense humor while maintaining the sharpness of his warrior-mind.

[edit] Character Notes

Though not publicly known, Paul Moon becomes the longest lived known Clan trueborn.

He was highest rank officer of the Smoke Jaguars to survive captivity on Huntress.

Note: Contents of the MWDA Novel Surrender Your Dreams is subject to change due to alternations of the timeline by Catayst Game Labs and possible change outcome of Paul Moon and his Fidelis situation by 3150. This was mentioned by the then Line Developer Herb Beas during.[6]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Twilight of the Clans, p. 16 "Personalities- Star Colonel Paul Moon
  2. Surrender Your Dreams, pg. 294
  3. Exodus Road - thumbnail history of Paul's actions during post-Tukayyid years.
  4. Surrender Your Dreams, pg. 172-174
  5. Surrender Your Dreams,p. 294"
  6. [http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,28855.msg664098.html#msg664098 April 2013 BattleChat].

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